Another new user here with the usual confusion and need for advice.
I have been on Bipap, now Vpap for a little over a month after being diagnosed with extremely severe apnea. (Don't know how I functioned before- it didn't seem THAT bad).
My occasions per hour were over 100 - i cannot even bring myself to type what the actual number is. My prescription was for 27/22 and most machines only go up to 25.
I am taking this seriously and have been compliant, but it does not stop me from feeling like a freak because my numbers are so high.
When i switched from leaky versions full face masks and BIPAP to a nasal mask and a variable machine, I was able to sleep on my side and stomach and according to what I can read from the Resmed screen each morning, my pressures have been running about 14-17.
Can sleeping on my side make such a large difference?
Is anyone else out there on such high pressure levels as I was?
I have to give kudos to the person from the home health care company that fits, trains and delivers the equipment. She advocated on my behalf with my pulmonologist/sleep doctor to change me to the VPAP and allow me to gat a "normal" machine (one that did not go over 25). She is really working on my behalf and with my interests in mind.
This is a great site. I am glad I found you all!